Massage therapy looks like it was a good career move for many. My dilemma is I am an 22y/o LPN I also to would like to get into massage therapy. I would like to go back to school but I was n't exactly sure what to do. I know I did not what to be working for someone forever, I liked the idea of massage therapy because it expanded on my medical background and I felt it also appealed to my entreprenuerial side. But on the other hand people are like just get your RN I recieved a lot of negativity about going into this career due to it's uncertainty and salary. I would hate to spend so much money on the school and it not work out. I am just trying to weigh my options out but I do have to make up my mind soon. I basically looked at it I live in New york city , I must be able to find work in gyms, salons, spas, doctors offices, etc. Since it is a new field I should get into it know before every body hops on the bandwaggon and it becomes more regulated. They say their is a shortage of nurses you can't even get into a RN nursing program where I live you have to jump through so many whoops sometimes I think it is to deter people from going because that have such a great demand for the programs. But I don't really want to get my RN I think this would be a better career path for me and it is also more appealing I can see myself enjoying it as for my RN I can't. I got a little taste of the nursing world and I can't see me doing it for the rest of my life.
Nov 30, '04
I would check out how many jobs there are out there for massage therapists in your area. I was considering it myself, but my area is saturate with massage therapists who can't find work. I'm glad I found that out before I wasted the $$$ on MT school.
Nov 30, '04
I went to school with someone who started out and finished the first year of massage therapy. She couldn't face the second year and became an LPN.
She just didn't enjoy it, but felt that it helped her become a good LPN.
I know what you mean about trying to get into an RN programme. Sometimes I think the selection committee puts up a red flag against your name if ur LPN. They accept a number each year to make it look good but in my area if ur under 20, female, and blonde you seem to stand a great chance of getting in. If the shortage is that bad, make the BSN optional and fast track a lot of interested LPN's through a diploma course. The committee is usually made up of RN's in their late 50's who were hospital trained and got degrees later. They remember LPN's as care aides. Think alot of prejudice still remains there.
Good Luck with what ever you choose. Although Massage Therapist on cruise ship is a nice thought...
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